A retired Canadian business man has given his 4,730 collection of golf books to The University of British Columbia, putting one of the world’s great collections into the public domain. The collection was appraised at $450,000. The 81 year old former Meat-packing magnet Sam Martz gave the collection to UBC because he wanted it preserved in perpetuity.
Click here for details on the gift. Martz believes the collection of books is the third largest in existance behind those at The U.S.G.A. and Alaistair Johnston’s private collection. We actually think it’s the fourth largest, counting the Probst Library (b elow)
The University of Chicago houses the golf book collection of Arthur W. Schultz which is made up of 1,600 books.
Other prolific golf collectors have included Joseph Murdoch, who auctioned off his large golf book collection in 1998. One of the early collectors of the twentieth century was C.B. Clapcott, an englishman and employee of the post office. He died in the late 1950s, but defore he did, he sold a major part of this library to another great collector – Colonel R. Otto Probst, of South Bend, Indiana. Probst bought the collection in 1956 for 350 pounds. Much of Probst’s 6,000 book collection is on display at the PGA Historical Center in Florida.
Other major collectors include O.M. Leland, who was Dean of the Engineering School at the University of Minnesota in the early part of the 20th century. He donated his collection to the U.S.G.A. Library.
Among famous golfers, Ben Crenshaw is a noted collector. His website notes that his collection contains over 800 golf books.